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Ecotourism or ecological tourism is a form of tourism based on sustainable travel, respect of the local communities and conservation of the local nature and environment.

According to the International Ecotourism Society, ecotourism should satisfy the following criteria: "minimize impact, build environmental and cultural awareness and respect, provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts, provide direct financial benefits for conservation, provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people, raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate" (source:

In several countries, ecotourism is not only a way to finance the protection of the environment but it plays an important part in the national economy (ie Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nepal, Kenya or Madagascar).